Summer Lovin’ These Dresses

The truth is that it has taken me awhile to get with the fashion program here in Los Angeles. Immigrating with three young children is much more of an adventure than we ever imagined – and updating my wardrobe to be more LA-friendly has taken a backseat to settling the children into school, nesting in our house, and rebuilding our life on the west coast. It also means that I’m mostly wearing a mix of leggings and tank tops (in the hopes that I will actually get some cardio in – even if that means the school run is my exercise – which sometimes it seems to be totally exhausting… if i’m sweating it is exercise right?) or jeans and t-shirt (again, LA is casual… right?)

That said, I always felt much more ‘put together’ when we lived in London. London life was just more fashionable or rather, there were so many more ‘events’ to dress for. Here in Los Angeles, it is a beach day or BBQ day or something in between. Gone are my event clothes but I still yearn to dress up a bit. Enter SUMMER DRESSES!  Where as in London I had certain dresses for a day at polo or Henley or a summer garden party, in LA I’m wearing these dresses ALL. THE. TIME. It is more of lifestyle dressing over here on the West Coast but I’m learning that I can wear these dresses anytime to a ladies lunch or cocktails in Beverly Hills or around the house… and I feel right at home (wherever home is!)

Veronica Beard is my new favourite recent discovery, I love her cold-shoulder looks (my mom-tum still haunts me so I try to show a lot of shoulder which is the only part of my body that hasn’t changed shape over the last few babies!) I love the entire Zimmermann collection all the time for everything always, HVN is great for daytime dresses, and I love this yellow Kooples dress to stand out in the crowd.

Some favourites below – happy shopping!
Veronica Beard

My Jewellry Jam with Van Peterson

Once upon a time there was a girl who spent a lot of time in her husband’s Eclipse bar on Walton Street, and after a few too many Watermelon Martinis, she would wander across the street where Eric Van Peterson had a shop and the girl would browse around and discovered these Hammered Rose Gold Earrings and she had to have them because she knew she would wear them every single day.  And she did.  And she wore them in photoshoots and people would see the pictures and ask her where she got them, so she sent them to Van Peterson. And she wore them to show promotional events and to red carpet events and while filming Ladies of London and fans would tweet her where she got them – and so she sent them to Van Peterson. Eric then asked the girl if he could name the earrings after her – as he was getting so many inquiries about them.  Sure she said, and so he named them the Marissa Earring. This isn’t the end of the fairytale though…

I got to know Eric and after a few more watermelon martinis, I asked him to design some other jewellery for me – other pieces that I would wear every day, like the Marissa Earring. I was looking for the perfect bohemian summer earring that I would want to wear with summer dresses – and ta-dah – the Endless Summer Earring is either dangling in my ears or on my bedside table until the next evening.  I was also looking for a diamond hoop – everyday diamonds that were chic and subtle but also with a little bit of bling – and after some creative meetings, we designed the Perfect Diamond Hoop which really is perfect. I’ve also loved a pearl earring but wanted something a bit more imperfect than the perfect pearl – the Freshwater Pearls are perfectly imperfect and just beautiful.

Check out my entire Marissa Hermer x Van Peterson Collection and let me know what you think – I promise these pieces will be the ones in your dish by the sink or your bedside table – the pieces you always wear and you will live Happily Ever After.


Confession: I’m a pajama expert.

When I was on bedrest with Sadie, I spent a LOT of time in pajama. When my doctor first told me I was going to be on limited activity for the foreseeable future months, in order to lift my spirits, I forced myself to get excited about luxurious stylish sleepwear. *PSA, if you are reading this and on bedrest with a tricky pregnancy, the BEST thing you can do for yourself is buy yourself some nice new box fresh pjs* Hey, if I wasn’t going to be shopping for stilettos, I might as well invest in something I was actually going to be wearing – a LOT!  I love Olivia Von Halle for a bit of luxury (when I’m wearing my Olivia Von Halle pjs, PLEASE come surprise me at my house in the morning so I can show them off). Eberjey is super duper soft, Desmond & Dempsey has great fun prints and Yolke is my new discovery and I’m buying this pair of stripey fun sassy green ones (below) as soon as I post this.

Fast forward to our life now in Los Angeles – we spend lazy Saturday mornings around the house and we have a family rule that we don’t get out of pajamas until lunchtime – so equally the children love their soft snuggly pjs as much as I like lazing around in my sleepwear.  The kids love their super soft Hatley pajamas (here, here, and here) and Skylar Luna has the sweetest prints (here and here).

Recently, someone asked me what was on my “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years’ list – I have absolutely no idea is the truth nor is it something I think about. What I DO think about is ‘Where I Want to be at 7PM’ and the answer is in my cosiest softest pajamas with the munchkins snuggled around me – here are a few of my favourites for the entire family.

Happy Shopping (and snuggling!) xx